Higher Education Administration EdD
Earn your Higher Education EdD online at Southern Miss!
Total Hours: 54
Cost per Credit Hour:
3 years (9 semesters) *pending hours enrolled
3 years (9 semesters) *pending hours enrolled
1. Statement of Purpose, 2. CV/Resume, 3. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
Learn more about this program:
The University of Southern Mississippi is now offering a fully online Higher Education doctorate degree. This redesigned program was built to meet the needs of working educators looking to make a wider impact at the collegiate level.
This synchronous EdD program delivers a professional foundation for graduates looking to generate new knowledge about college-level education. The online Higher Education Doctorate degree gives educators the knowledge to lead their organizations and create innovative new methods for problem solving and motivation.
The practical nature of the program allows students to tackle a real-world issue in their field by participating in a Capstone Project rather than a dissertation. The online Higher Education Doctorate program was built to help your make a larger impact at the collegiate level. Let The University of Southern of Mississippi help prepare you to conquer the challenges of higher education.
Check out some of the jobs our students are prepared for after earning this degree.
- College President
- University President
- Vice President
For educators looking to make an impact at the building and district levels, check out our online Educational Administration Doctorate degree. Looking for more? Our enrollment coaches are here to help. Click here for more info! This is your life, plus college!
A number of scholarship opportunities are available for online students! Our Online Student Scholarship gives first time, fully online students an opportunity for $500 towards their first semester. To get started with our Online Student Scholarship, or to view our list of available scholarships for which you may qualify, visit our Student Scholarship page now!
The Higher Education Administration EdD is currently full for the fall semester. We are accepting applications for the Spring 2022 semester.
EdD Higher Education - 54 hours
Students seeking administrative positions (e.g., student affairs, institutional research and effectiveness, continuing education, and other) are encouraged to pursue the Ed.D. track. A master’s degree in any field is a prerequisite for admission. Program can be completed part-time, or full-time.
Social Justice in Higher Education
History of Higher Education
The Two-Year College
Higher Education Finance
Legal Issues in Higher Education
Higher Education Leadership Theory and Research
Organization and Administration of Higher Education
Educational Research: Interpretation and Applications
Advisor Approved Electives (12 hours)
Please note that the above information is meant to be a guide and is not official. For further information regarding courses for this degree, see the University Bulletin. Please be aware that not all course choices listed in the University Bulletin are available online. However, sufficient online options are available to complete this degree.
Frequently Asked Questions
At the discretion of the academic program, the Ed.D. program will accept up to 18 transfer hours so long as the credits have not been applied to a previously conferred degree. Programs may accept fewer transfer hours. Any requested transfer credits must meet the following restrictions. The coursework to be transferred is time limited; it must have been taken within the time period allowed for the graduate degree program. The credit must carry a letter or numeric grade of “B” or better; courses assigned the grade pass/fail, satisfactory/unsatisfactory, incomplete “I”, or other ungraded designation cannot be transferred. Course credit applied toward another earned degree cannot be transferred. Non-content courses, such as thesis or dissertation research, cannot be transferred. Transfer grades will not be calculated in the USM GPA. Transfer credit is not automatic and will be awarded only after course content is evaluated and approved by the graduate committee chair and/or graduate committee, school director, and graduate dean. Students will supply syllabi, course descriptions, and other requested materials for review. For doctoral programs, final evaluation and acceptance of transfer credit will be made after the student has been enrolled for one semester. A total sum of no more than one-third (33%) of combined transfer and non-degree coursework may be applied toward a graduate degree.
Licensure requirements and approval are determined by each state’s licensing board. For general information about professional licensure, please review the Online Programs & Professional Licensure Page. If you have professional licensing questions regarding licensure relative to one of our online programs, please read our Professional Licensure Disclosure and then fill out the Professional Licensure Inquiry Form. If you have other questions regarding licensure, please email professional licensure.
To apply to the online Higher Education doctorate program, you will need USM application, your resume, a letter of interest, official transcripts, GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation.
The program, including the final Capstone Project, can be completed in nine academic semesters.
Yes. The Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration program is delivered 100% online.
No. The Higher Education doctorate program requires a Capstone Project that addresses a real-world problem of practice.
The prospective student must complete the Graduate School admission application online and pay the application fee at http://apps.usm.edu/graduate-school/grad-school-apps/.
No. There is no out-of-state tuition associated with the program.
If you still have questions, please visit our FAQ page, or take a moment to fill out our form at the bottom of the screen, and we will reach out to you!
In addition to the requirements detailed in Admission Requirements and Procedures, applicants must submit the following documents:
- Rather than using exam scores, having earned a prior degree (MS, MA< MEd) will be accepted in lieu of the GRE.
- Statement of Purpose – In a letter or essay format, describe your professional experiences and goals and how obtaining this degree will help you to realize those goals.
- Three Letters of Recommendation
The University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools of Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). That means you can expect a program with the highest standards and quality.
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